Meaning of LEATHER in English

n. & v.


1. a material made from the skin of an animal by tanning or a similar process. b (attrib.) made of leather.

2 a piece of leather for polishing with.

3 the leather part or parts of something.

4 sl. a cricket-ball or football.

5 (in pl.) leather clothes, esp. leggings, breeches, or clothes for wearing on a motor cycle.

6 a thong (stirrup-leather).


1. cover with leather.

2 polish or wipe with a leather.

3 beat, thrash (orig. with a leather thong).

Phrases and idioms:


1. Brit. a crane-fly grub with a tough skin.

2 any of various tough-skinned marine fish of the family Monacanthidae. leather-neck Naut. sl. a soldier or (esp. US) a marine (with reference to the leather stock formerly worn by them).

Etymology: OE lether f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.